Revision to NUREG-0654 / FEMA-REP-1
A joint Department of Homeland Security - Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) and Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) multi-year initiative has begun to update onsite Emergency Preparedness guidance and offsite and Emergency Management guidance in NUREG-0654/FEMA-REP-1, “Criteria for Preparation and Evaluation of Radiological Emergency Response Plans and Preparedness in Support of Nuclear Power Plants.”
Revision 1 of NUREG‑0654 was published in November 1980 to provide specific evaluation criteria for determining compliance with the 16 planning standards in 10 CFR 50.47(b), “Emergency Plans,” and for reviewing the adequacy of offsite emergency plans and preparedness by FEMA. Since then, NUREG-0654 has not been revised and because of this the NRC and FEMA developed supplements and appendices over the last 30 years to clarify the language in the mother document.
Recent events have highlighted the need for updated regulations and guidance that incorporate existing appendices and supplements in additional to planning for future requirements. Leadership from both the NRC and DHS/FEMA has again agreed to coordinate requirements for onsite and offsite safety and emergency management practices.
DHS/FEMA Staff have recommended that their portion of the NUREG‑0654 revision would include addressing the following topics:
- Reflect changes in emergency management practices found in the FEMA Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program Manual (RPM).
- Update Planning and Demonstration Criteria
- Updates in line with FEMA and Department of Homeland Security directives found in the RPM.
- New reactor licensing requirements.
- Alert and notification system guidance.
NRC Staff have recommended that their portion of the NUREG‑0654 revision would include addressing the following topics:
- Other NRC EP top-to-bottom review issues, including:
- Periodically conducting Emergency Response Organization (ERO) call-in and report-in drills to demonstrate a licensee's ability to augment shift staffing in accordance with its emergency plan;
- EP staff training to provide an adequate level of knowledge of NRC EP requirements so that an effective EP program is developed and maintained;
- Designing and conducting ERO training using the systematic approach to training (SAT) process.
- Guidance in NRC interim staff guidance (NSIR/DPR-ISG-01) implemented in support of recent EP rule.
- Other EP guidance issued since 1980 such as Supplement 2, 3, and 4 to NUREG-0654, and various other NUREGs, bulletins, information notices, generic letters, regulatory issue summaries, reg. guides, etc.